The UGC Chairman Spoke About Issues Related To Higher Education.

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Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairman of the University Grants Commission, held a meeting with vice-chancellors of all central universities to discuss various issues related to higher education. In the meeting, all UGC bureau heads were present to answer queries from the VCs. “We spent almost two hours discussing various issues related to higher education,” the UGC chairman tweeted.

The UGC, or University Grants Commission, approved the draft guidelines for engaging ‘Professors of Practice‘ in universities and colleges earlier on Tuesday. The decision came after the 560th meeting of the UGC and will be soon made public for feedback by stakeholders. The decision was taken to promote the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which seeks to transform higher education by focusing on skill-based education to meet the needs of the industry and the economy.

To ensure that youth are appropriately skilled, learners and employers must think from each other’s perspectives. To promote this initiative, the UGC has created a new position called ‘Professor of Practice,’ in which industry and other professional experts will teach in academic institutions.

He added that the move would provide additional faculty resources in higher education institutions (HEIs). “This will help to bring real-world practices and experiences into the classrooms. In turn, the industry and society will benefit from better-trained graduates equipped with the relevant skills,” the UGC Chairman said.

The goals for these guidelines include creating courses and curricula that will help with industry and societal needs. This way, Higher Education Institutions will be able to collaborate with industry experts on research projects and other services that would be beneficial for all parties involved. Another objective is to get experts from various fields, such as engineering, entrepreneurship, media, etc., into academic institutions.